Sukhothai, one of the city’s classic Thai restaurants, is celebrating the new year with good food and warm hospitality.
Every April the Buddhist celebration of the new year takes place; over three days the people of Thailand ring in the new year with water cleansing and, in more recent years, huge city wide water fights in the hope of washing away the sins of the year gone by and banishing bad luck. While Sukhothai might not be holding a full scale battle the festivities won’t be dampened.
From the 13th to the 15th of April the restaurant will host a Bangkok style night bazaar that will feature live cooking stations, a dessert cupboard and performances from traditional Thai performers flown in for the occasion.
Named after the first national capital of Siam, the Kingdom of Sukhothai, was an ancient city that is credited as the birth place of the classic architectural style with which Thailand is synonymous. From the ornate roofs of the restaurant to beautifully hand carved buddhas this opulent dining room transports you to a tropical paradise.
Thai food – an entire cuisine unjustly stereotyped as being cheap and unrefined has come a long way from the famous street stalls and road side eateries of the big city. While there is nothing wrong with these delights there is often something very samey about a lot of Thai offerings; but this menu has broken the mould. From the simple and elegant presentation to the perfectly balanced blend of sweet, salt, sour and spice that makes these dishes so well loved the buffet will keep you coming back again and again until you just can’t eat any more. In true Thai style these dishes are perfect for grazing and sharing around the table; eat little and often just as they do.
For starters we enjoyed classic Kai Sate (chicken satay skewers), a go to for any tourist visiting the land of smiles. Dusted with tumeric and grilled to perfection these melt in the mouth morsels are perfectly complemented by a moreish peanut sauce.
Whether you are a lover of salad or not the Yam Hua Plee is not to be missed, this flavoursome salad of banana blossoms, shallots and grilled chicken dressed with a combination of a mild and creamy, peanut and chilli sauce is just one example of the fresh, innovative menu. Take a moment to savour each bite and experience the myriad of flavours as they explode in your mouth.
We then dove into the intriguing purple dumplings, or Cho Muan, each one perfectly hand folded with layers of ruffles, like tiny 80s prom dresses, just waiting to be dipped and devoured. Inside the filling is full of sweet, tangy and sticky chicken, the dough is perfectly steamed and the purple colour comes from the blue pea flower, a completely natural colouring (before anyone starts panicking about E-numbers). My only negative comment would be that four were not enough, I could have easily just dined on these all night.
When the main courses arrived and the tantalising aromas filled the air, it is safe to assume my mouth was watering almost immediately. Each serving plate was as beautifully plated as the next, there was a Roasted Marinated Beef with a dried chilli sauce, each morsel was melt in the mouth tender and the sauce was something to behold, spoon a little on each forkful and thank me later.
Moving on to the Geang Kiew wan Gai (or chicken green curry) I was transported to my favourite hidden cafe in Koh Samui, the curry was creamy, spicy and packed with punchy flavours, the fork tender chicken bites were the highlight while the succulent vegetables oozed with the bite of lemongrass.
Lastly a decadent Panang Lobster was served, complete with generous morsels of seafood and a rich, creamy sauce this curry is a must try for any lobster lovers. Despite the slightly over cooked crustacean the plate was quickly cleaned.
Once you’ve supped on potent cocktails or a cold Singha, dined on a variety spicy, tangy and flavoursome savoury morsels it is time for the sweet. While Thai desserts may seem a little daunting each one is fresh and carefully concocted to be the pinnacle of the dining experience.
My hands down favourite is always going to be Mango and Sticky Rice, it’s sweet with just the right amount of savoury, the fruit is a fresh ending to the spicy offerings of the mains. However, after many years of traveling around Thailand I have always been far too intimidated to try their sweet treats. Considering my lack of sweet tooth the thought of cloyingly sweet, brightly coloured desserts terrifies me but I decided to give it a go and dove into the Tab Tim Krob – a dessert of coconut milk, crunchy water chestnuts and palm hearts. To say I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement, there was little to no sweetness, just a refreshingly creamy treat that boasted a host of textures. It’s hard to describe and so all I can say is you have to give it a go.
This is a sponsored post. I was compensated, but all opinions are my own.
Enjoy these dishes and so many more from April 13th to the 15th between 7pm to 11pm.
For food only it will cost you AED 199 per person or AED 249 per person including house beverages.
Just head down to Sukhothai at the Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, opposite the airport.
To make a reservation just call the restaurant on +971 4 702 2455 or email Sukhothai.firstname.lastname@example.org